The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire

Perth local information

The former city of Perth is about hour's drive away from the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Fillans. As the administrative centre of the Perth and Kinross council area, it is well worth visiting during a stay with us for its historical landmarks, culture and retail shopping opportunities.

The town can trace its history back to prehistoric times, with settlements dating back more than 8,000 years ago. The name derives from a Pictish-Gaelic word for wood or copse and it is also known as The Fair City, in honour of Sir Walter Scott's story "Fair Maid of Perth".

Its presence and significance rose as Scone Abbey, home of the Stone of Destiny, became the coronation venue for of King of Scots, and no less than 42 kings have been crowned here. This effectively made Perth the capital of Scotland, which thrived on its status as a royal burgh and trade with France, the Low Countries and the Baltic Countries.

The foundation of Perth Academy in 1760 brought major industry to the then town, such as whisky, linen, leather and bleach. Given its location, Perth was perfectly placed to become a key transport centre in Scotland with the building of the first railway station in 1848. Today, the city's economy of has diversified towards insurance, banking, information technology and tourism.

These most popular landmarks include Scone Palace, which offers an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century Ivories in the State Dining Rooms, 18th century French furniture, a vast collection of Poreclain, Queen Victoria's boudoir and information of the Scottish kings. Also worth a visit is St. John's Kirk, located in the centre of the town and the oldest building in Perth, dating back to 1159.

Perth is home to three museums. The Black Watch Museum includes paintings, medals, uniforms and weaponry on display from the 42nd/73rd Highland Regiments. The Perth Museum & Art Gallery has a collection of Pictish stones, art and information about natural history, human history and archeology. The Fergusson Gallery displays the works of J.D. Fergusson, the Scottish colourist artist and Perthshire local.

Perth is also home to two theatres - Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall. Perth Theatre is located on Perth's pedestrianised High Street. Perth Concert Hall which opened in 2005, was built on the site of the former Horsecross Market and largely funded from the UK millennium celebrations.

If shopping is your vice, Perth has a main shopping centre along with a pedestrianised high street where you can find including major, independent and specialist shops. Local products that make great gifts include whisky, fruit wines and Scottish clothing and souvenirs such as Pringle knitwear and tartan travel rugs.

For an exhilarating day out why not take a trip to Perth Racecourse, which shares parkland with the historic Scone Palace.  The racing calendar runs for 5 months of the year, from end April to September.  Another popular event which takes place in the grounds of Scone Palace is the Scottish Game Fair which is held in the first week of July.  This annual event always has a lively and friendly atmosphere where you can try your hand at archery, clay pigeon shooting, and other country pursuits. 

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